A video of Chester Bennington recorded just thirty-six-hours before his suicide has recirculated online today...
And it has issued a poignant and important message about the dangers of depression.
Keep scrolling to watch the clip for yourself...
Now, the world was shocked and heartbroken to learn of Chester's death in 2017.
Chester, who was the front-man for rock band, Linkin Park, had a long history with alcohol and drug abuse but had been sober for the 6 months leading up to his death.
Chester didn't have an easy life.
The singer's troubles stemmed from his nightmarish childhood- from the time that Chester was 8 until he was thirteen, he was sexually abused by an older male friend.
“I was getting beaten up and being forced to do things I didn't want to do," he once said in a candid interview about his troubles. “It destroyed my self-confidence."
The experience led Chester to experiment with drugs and alcohol...
And, by his teens, he had resorted to using a huge range of drugs.
He spent years battling these demons...
And was always incredibly candid about his depression and substance abuse in interviews.
"I have a hard time with life… Sometimes. Sometimes it's great, but a lot of times for me, it's really hard." He once explained in an interview with IHeartRadio, "And no matter how I'm feeling, I always find myself struggling with certain patterns of behavior… I find myself stuck in the same thing that keeps repeating over and over again."
But, in 2017, Chester lost his battle.
On July 20th, 2017, Chester tragically took his own life.
At just forty-one-years-old, his body was found in his Palos Verdes Estates home in Los Angeles County by his housekeeper.
He left behind a wife and 6 children.
The world was both shocked and heartbroken by the news...
via: GettyBecause Chester had seemed so happy in the months leading up to his suicide. Linkin Park’s new album, One More Light, had topped the charts when it was released a few months earlier, and his single, "Heavy," was doing well on rock radio. In addition to the Linkin Park tour, he was planning a reunion with his pre-fame grunge band, Grey Daze, for September.
And his wife, Talinda was none-the-wiser.
Appearing at the Canadian Event Safety Summit to discuss mental health last year, Talinda spoke about the events that led to Bennington's death and how others can seek help.
"My husband had had a past… in the past, he had attempted suicide, but I thought to myself, 'It was 'cause he was wasted. He was this or that,'" said Talinda. "So [before] he did pass, I thought very naïvely, we were in the clear."
She has been very open about the death of her husband.
Appearing at the Canadian Event Safety Summit to discuss mental health in 2018, Talinda spoke about the events that led to Chester's death and how others can seek help.
"My husband had had a past… In the past, he had attempted suicide, but I thought to myself, 'It was because he was wasted. He was this or that,'" said Talinda. "So [before] he did pass, I thought very naïvely, we were in the clear."
And, despite his brief relapse into alcohol a few months before his death...
She still had no inkling that Chester would commit suicide.
Speaking of their final days together, she said:
“He was very excited to be promoting the new album and doing stuff, so he was happy. He gave me a kiss goodbye, he gave the kids a kiss goodbye, and I never saw him again."
And now, just days after his would-be birthday...
A video filmed just thirty-six hours before his death has started circulating online.
Omg . Thank you for sharing this with us.— Vanessa Wilde (@vanessatpa) September 16, 2017
Thank you for sharing💜 is truly eye opening, learning experience. I've been on a crusade to learn more and help others that go through this— Kelli B. (@ceruleantwili) September 16, 2017
Thank you for your strength to share this Talinda! ❤️— Inca (@InSch1990) September 16, 2017
Thank you for sharing ❤️ It is so funny and sad at the same time 😭— Meli LP (@Meli_LPSoldier) September 16, 2017
We love him too. I have opened my mind on mental health and depression to a whole new level ... and your posts keep helping the world xx— Sydneyhoodlum (@sydneyhoodlum) September 16, 2017
Thats what most forget about depression. U don't have 2 be miserable all the time. Theres always love and laughter too. Precious memories ❤️— Emma McManus (@EmzMc123) September 16, 2017
This is so crazy to me. You don't see it. Thank you for sharing. ❤️— Amy Lynn (@akdennis03) September 16, 2017
The video showed Chester playing a jelly-bean eating game with his kids...
And he seemed to radiate with happiness, roaring with laughter when he ate a foul-flavored piece of candy.
Talinda captioned the post:
You can watch the full video below.
If you have been struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts, you can seek advice here on 800-273-8255 or online at https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/.